Here is why you should take the leap and venture into communities that speak the language you have dedicated so much time to learning.
President of the University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT) Medical School, Dr. Orien Tulp, discusses how traveling abroad can help individuals master foreign languages and more effectively connect with other cultures.
On numerous occasions, Dr. Orien Tulp has shared his sentiments regarding the importance of traveling abroad. The renowned University of Science, Arts, and Technology (USAT) Medical School founder believes that traveling beyond the borders of the continental United States is an incredibly enriching experience that can help you grow, shed biases, and evolve your worldview.
Additionally, Dr. Tulp understands that traveling to foreign communities can help you enhance and refine your language skills in ways that classroom-based or theoretical language learning cannot.
Traveling allows you to converse with native speakers, experience different dialects, and unshackle yourself from the confines of formal, structured learning. Here is why you should take the leap and venture into communities that speak the language you have dedicated so much time to learning.
How traveling can help you master new languages
Classroom-based instruction is strict, rule-oriented, and structured. Although this structure can help you learn the basics of the language, interacting with native speakers allows you to speak authentically.
When talking about tangible objects, discussing experiences, or learning about the country, you are more likely to retain core concepts and hone your language skills. As Dr. Tulp puts it, “Stepping outside the learning environment and immersing yourself in the local culture gives you a unique opportunity to refine your language skills and form meaningful connections with local community members.”
Think of classroom-based language learning as theory, whereas traveling to where the language is spoken natively allows you to put your skills to practice. In this way, learning a language is similar to riding a bicycle. You could learn the mechanics and concepts involved by reading a textbook, but if you want to become proficient with it, you must hop on a bicycle and start pedaling.
Should you practice the language before you travel
Remember that while immersion is a great way to learn a language, you should always practice the language before you arrive. Doing so will improve your foundation and make it easier for you to learn when you’re actually immersed in the culture. Make sure you also research local customs, traditions, and greetings. Familiarizing yourself with the behaviors and traditions of the communities you visit will help you more effectively immerse yourself in the culture.
Learning the language can also significantly improve your travel experience. By learning the local language, you will be able to:
- Get around easier
- Better understand the culture
- Create meaningful connections with locals
- Avoid inadvertently offending or disrespecting natives
- Discover hidden gems that average tourists miss out on
While there are many benefits to learning the language before you punch your ticket to exotic locales, USAT Medical School president Dr. Orien Tulp believes that you will not master the nuances of the language until you mingle with native speakers.
If you are ready to master a new language, leverage Dr. Tulp’s insights and start putting your travel plans together.
About Orien Tulp
Dr. Orien Tulp, founder and President of the University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT) Medical School, is a distinctive professor, author, and researcher in the field of medicine. He is also a military veteran and recipient of the Legion of Merit award. Dr. Tulp has conducted extensive research on obesity and is a contributor to many academic journals. A dedicated volunteer, he has participated in hundreds of humanitarian medical missions.